Tips For Preparing An Image To Be Digitally Printed

When you are a company who is trying to get more information out into the world about a particular product, then you are likely going to be considering getting more signs printed. You are also likely considering digitally printed signs due to their sharp image quality and bright colors. If you have an image that you would like to be digitally printed on a sign, you are going to need to make sure that you prepare it so that it looks as good as possible once it is printed. Here are some tips for preparing the image.

1. Stay in RGB Mode as Long as Possible

Regardless of what kind of photo editing software you are going to use, chances are good that you are going to have the option to switch from RGB mode, when you have tons of information about the color, to the mode that has been specified to you by your digital printer that will essentially convert the image to a form that the printers can handle, such as CMYK. When you are changing the colors of the print or doing any other corrections, you are absolutely going to need to make sure that you stay in RGB mode until the last possible moment. This will allow you to have more accuracy and attention to detail when correcting the colors. Make sure that you save a separate file of the RGB version of your image before you convert it to the digital printing version. This will allow you to make any changes in the higher detailed mode and then perform the conversion process again, rather than trying to correct a converted image with less information.

2. Check Your Proof

Before you convert the image to CMYK or another type, you are going to need to make sure that you have proofed your image. In many photo editing tools, you can simply click on View or an equivalent drop down menu and then hit Proof Setup. If you cannot find Proof Setup, use the built-in help function in your software to locate the correct menu. Once you're in Proof Setup, hit view and then the format of the image that you need your final draft to be in, such as CMYK. This will allow you to preview what your image is going to look like before it has been converted and adjust the colors accordingly.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in digital printing, like Houston Signs Ltd. They will likely have other tips for color correcting for their specific required file type.